The only reason why a war is fought, is for a better peace, when there is aboslutely no more ground for diplomacy and reason. Einstein's genius did *not* end World War II. He contributed little to the campaigns in the European theater. His lovely brainwave was one of the causes of the cold war. He regretted having prevailed over Roosevelt on the A-bomb issue *before* the bomb had even been dropped. The A-bombs did produce decisive results that paved way for the unconditional surrender of Japan, but no matter how much effective it was, regardless how the ends justifies the means, it left permanent scars. It's inevitable, and that is the truth. I know the definition of a hero. I know also that military heroes, far-sighted statesmen and humanitarians are not mutually exclusive of one another. Hannibal's hatred of Rome did not prevent him from faithfully carrying out the peace terms set forth by the noble Scipio and from reviving Carthage. Gustavus fought a war of religious conquest, yet that in no way detracted his magnanimity toward the civilians. CÃ¦sar was a literal renegade at the beginning of the Civil War, yet he adopted a policy of Roman leniency regardless. Wars certainly do not make one great, yet many times it was during a war when the greatness of a man or a collective of men shines through--genius, gallantry, forbearance, and courage. Yes, war is probably the darkest part of humanity. But without darkness, there can be no real light.